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* I was raised this way and now I've taken if you want, to abstain. This wish and this way of life are often my favorite. I do not think drinking is a sin, and I do not think I'm better than anyone because I choose not to do it. But at the end of the day, that does not really concern alcohol, is it? We all have our vices on which we rely when we feel weak, tired, frustrated or even happy. It appears in alcohol, food, sugar, Netflix binging and flake on social media.
* I went back to university and got a second degree. I could not have done that if I was still drinking. You could turn your hobby into a career. Have the energy to win a promotion or change jobs or start your own business. How is your family? Will your wife be happy? Will your children be happy? If things are already broken, will you be able to reconcile? If you do not have a job or family, you will be stable enough to get them if you wish.
* What I do know is that even though I miss the social aspect of the drink, my abstinence has led me on a path of freedom in a way that I doubt I have encountered otherwise. One of the many tools on my recovery path has been a Christ-centered program, 12 steps called Celebrate Restoration. This is not a substance abuse specific recovery group, although there are many of us who find it healing through this program.
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* But, I'm very glad you shared that none of these things really happened. Thank you. Ron, thank you for your words. God knew exactly what I needed to hear today ... and that was your essay. Thank you. I am a 43 year old pastor and your story alcohol and cynicism is almost identical to mine. I stopped almost two yearsthere are years, after about a year of the Holy Spirit gently, but constantly inviting me to stop.
* If you're drunk and you start to realize that your story is going to end with a bunch of your friends telling hilarious stories at your funeral, I promise you that it's really worth it to stop, despite All the bad things I described above. I have been a sober year since last week, and I have never felt better or more proud of myself in my life. And that year, I have not even woken up once with a rooster pulled over my face.
* Well, that's what I felt for me. Yes, it was nice to learn more about fancy wines and beers, to try the mixed drinks I had only heard of. For a moment, it was the only thing I did that was not about the baby, it was only for me. And now, having had two years to regain my sense of myself, I see how much, how many times I drink in the center of my social network. It is disappointing that, as a culture, we need alcohol for every gathering.
* Thanks for those perfectly beautiful words ... Laura Love Laura Thankful for that more than words can say! You put in words almost exactly what I tried for six years to say. I thank our great God for writing this and for "piercing" me. Thanks again! I feel like a similar mind! Me too, I used the term God put his thumb on for the drink and other things. I hope to meet you in Heaven and you will know that your testimony has been so important to God because He loves you and because He loves me and.
* This thumb was like a punishment, but I know now that it was a proof of his ever present attention for me. You have raised so many wonderful points in all of this. Too many things for me to comment well. So I'll just say well said and thanks . Ron - we do not know each other but our stories can not be more similar. This beautiful moment of clarity, when our free one crosses the Holy Spirit, has been my experience in stopping drinking and using more than 16 years ago.
* But, I'm just wondering how many young people are influenced to drink alcohol because their parents are "not lactic", who could then become "one" who can not exit. Thank you again for this sweet, affectionate and honest testimony. Ron, thank you very much for writing this essay. I too stopped drinking. There was no ultimatum, accident or incident. I just knew that God wanted me to stop, but my voluntary sobriety won every time.
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